March 21, 2017 Subject:
Valuable period insight
This is old man Greener at the end of his days. His work of 'The Gun 1834' more clearly shows his value in his crusade against bad metal falsely used and for good proofing laws. His opposition to breech loading drove the younger Greener to set up separately but came back to take on his father's company and his devotion to breech loaders is seen in'The Gun and It' Development' and 'Modern Breech Loaders'. 'Gunnery in 1858' is a valuable insight into the trade and older thinking of his day and, with the other Greener books, illustrates a progression from early percussion days to the end of the Edwardian period. Father & son can be accused of 'puffery' in lauding their own work but not without reason.
September 10, 2016 Subject:
Useful but Flawed
A useful account by a leading English gunmaker, but marred by Greener's total opposition to any form of breechloading, and is extreme view that only English-made weapons have any quality, all others are trash. A quote from the book.
"No fear need be entertained that the use of breechloaders will become general ; manufactures on false principles soon show themselves worthless, however pertinaciously they may be puffed off."
Note, the book was published in 1858, within a decade, England was adopting the Snider Breechloader for its military arm, and the Spencer and Henry repeaters had demonstrated their value in the American Civil War.